Welcome to my Friday Faves: NYC Edition–aka the best of what I ate & what I did! I ate a lot (as usual) and did a lot but here are my top picks from the weekend:
BEST OF WHAT I ATE
We walked out of M&M World on Thursday night and walked past this storefront.
We thought it was literally just a cereal store but the girl standing outside the door said it was a restaurant! We went inside to check it out and this fantastic employee told us how it works: pick your cereal, pick your toppings, and pick your protein (whole, skim, or almond milk).
If you don’t want milk you can always upgrade to greek yogurt or soft serve ice cream! Since we weren’t hungry we decided to head back Friday morning for breakfast. Before we left we were given coupons for 2 for 1 bowls–can’t beat that!
Friday morning we headed back and started to choose our cereals. The options were endless but I made my bowl basically the exact same as I would my fro-yo bowl! I had Rice Krispies with bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips & whole milk. I seriously loved the adorable carton the milk came in!
This bowl would’ve cost $9.80 because I had the large bowl with unlimited toppings but since we had coupons it was half the price! I couldn’t even finish the whole bowl because it was gigantic.
This is a unique breakfast experience and one I wish my kids could’ve been there for. I’m thinking of doing this for Chloe’s next birthday because she LOVES cereal!
Michelle had been to this restaurant before in NYC and kept telling us how great it was, so we made sure it was on our list when we started planning our trip! They have a few locations but we went to the one that was just a few minutes from the World Trade Center.
It took me a really long time to decide what to get but I finally decided to create my own burger and I kept it pretty simple with a beef burger, brioche bun, gouda cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and mayo. They have a million and one options including bison, elk and vegetarian burgers. Cathy and I also split the sweet potato fries which came with a couple different sauces. The burger was super messy but delicious and soooo filling! I could hardly eat any fries and probably wouldn’t bother ordering them next time!
Bareburger is a bit more pricey, but it was worth it! There is a location in Toronto so I can’t wait to take Anson there sometime to try it!
When we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn on Saturday night we had pizza on the brain. We passed 3 pizza places with lines that stretched down the street and frankly, we were too tired and hungry to wait for an hour! Next to the pizza places was a restaurant with this sign outside:
We all laughed and then went inside where Michelle proceeded to ask them where a good pizza place was! The two hostesses were so nice and helpful that we started looking at the menu and decided to eat there instead of looking elsewhere. We were definitely dressed down as it was a pretty nice place! We all had chips and guacamole to start and then I had Mexican rice and a mushroom quesadilla. I like mushrooms, but at first I was sure mine had gotten mixed up because it was so good! I didn’t know that many mushrooms could be THAT delicious! I finished every crumb without taking one picture of my food. The food at Gran Electrica was awesome, but the staff was even better. Every single person who worked there was friendly, willing to talk and joke with you, patient and helpful. I’m not sure what their hiring criteria is, but they’re doing it right!
BEST OF WHAT I DID
Went to Target
Do not even think about laughing at this paragraph! Target came to Canada for a hot minute and then left us. It was cruel and heartless and I have not recovered. I love Target. I don’t need fancy malls or giant department stores if I can just have Target! There was a Target not too far from where we were staying in Queens so on Friday we headed back early from Manhattan and went to Target! I was super excited! TARGET KNOWS ME! I mean–look at this shirt!!
We checked out the clothes before dividing up a bit to pick out some stuff we each wanted. I headed right for the kids section to get some gifts to take home. I left with a few things for all the kids and a NYC Starbucks mug as my own souvenir! We spent a little over two hours at Target….and I wouldn’t change a thing! Please come back to Canada, Target! Please?!
Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge
Call me sentimental, but in 2008 I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and took a picture on my Nokia flip phone. I paid alllll the roaming fees to send my dad that picture because my dad loved New York City. 2008 was the last time I had walked across the Brooklyn Bridge until last Saturday night so I immediately remembered that picture I had taken.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a beautiful bridge that allows you to see hidden parts of the city you might not otherwise notice. The view from the bridge is amazing and so are the hundreds of people walking across it with you. Every person has a different reason for walking the bridge and while most people just do it because it’s a tourist thing to do–I bet a lot of people have other reasons as well. I wonder what I would’ve said if someone had stopped me and asked me why I wanted to walk across the bridge that night. (It is too late; I am too tired; and I am being too sappy!)
We laughed hysterically at probably the dumbest stuff as we walked across and had such a great time!
Pro tip: If your group shouts “GO! GO! GO!” so you can get a running photo, people move out of the way because they’re so confused about what is going on. Try it somewhere today–the mall, grocery store, or maybe Starbucks!
Visited the 9/11 Memorial
This isn’t a fun place to visit but rather a sobering yet necessary one. We chose to not visit the museum but instead walked around the memorial pools reading the names etched into the stone. A white flower is placed into the names of those who’s birthday is that day.
I will never forget where I was on September 11, 2001. This memorial is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives that day almost 15 years ago. May we never take advantage of our freedom.
On Monday I will be recapping a race I didn’t even run, but loved!